NBA Playoffs – Day 42

The Warriors and Thunder treat us to an instant classic.

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We already know who will be representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals, and tonight, we could find out who’ll be joining them from the West. That’s right, it’s Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder. After falling behind 3-1, the Warriors stayed alive with a home win in Game 5. Now they’re back in OKC, where the Thunder ran them out of the building. Game 5 was a great battle, and it should be another one tonight, with the Thunder fighting to advance to the Finals, and the Warriors looking to force a Game 7 back in Oakland.

9:00 pm – It’s time for basketball! Everyone’s excited and riled up for this one. Can the Thunder close this series out at home, or are we going back to Oakland for Game 7? Marv Albert, who welcomes us to the game, will be the man who tells us. He’s joined by Chris Webber, who will provide the color commentary.

9:03 – The Thunder win the opening tip, and here we go!

9:04 – Kevin Durant hits a jumper from the free throw line for the first bucket of the ball game. It puts OKC up, 2-0.  They already have three offensive rebounds. Klay Thompson answers back with a three for the Warriors, giving them a 3-2 lead.

9:11 – Klay Thompson gets himself a reverse layup, and we have our first time out of the game with the score Golden State 12, Oklahoma City 9 with 6:15 left in the first quarter. This one’s off to a lively start, with dunks and blocks and nervous energy.

9:15 – Russell Westbrook pulls up, and the Thunder are on a 7-0 run in just forty seconds of action. It leads to a Warriors time out with the score now Oklahoma City 16, Golden State 12 with 4:41 to go in the opening quarter.

9:26 – The first quarter comes to a close with the score Oklahoma City 23, Golden State 20. The Thunder look locked in, and the Warriors look a bit flustered, yet it’s just a three point game. One reason why is Kevin Durant’s unfortunate 2-10 shooting to begin the game. The Warriors as a whole have been even worse, shooting just 8-24 from the floor, including an 0-3 performance from Steph Curry.

9:30 – Enes Kanter unleashes a Dirk Nowitzki-esque one legged fadeaway for the first hoop of the second quarter. It extends the Thunder lead to 25-20.

9:31- Kevin Durant gets to the hoop for a layup, and the Warriors need a quick time out as the scoreboard reads Oklahoma City 29, Golden State 20 with 10:15 left in the first half as the Thunder have started off the second quarter with six straight points.

9:40 – We’ve got a time out with the score Oklahoma City 33, Golden State 23 with 7:28 left until halftime. The Warriors are looking all out of sorts and out of sync. They seem to get flustered when they get hit hard the way the Thunder are hitting them so far tonight.

9:44 – Andre Iguodala turns the ball over, and we’ve got a time out as the Thunder continue to roll. It’s Oklahoma City 39, Golden State 28 with 4:54 left in the second quarter. There’s still a ton of time left, obviously, but the Warriors are kind of unravelling as we approach halftime.

9:50 – Another time out with the score Oklahoma City 41, Golden State 34 with 3:18 to go until halftime. Despite their struggles, the Warriors are hanging in there. It’s been a strange game for them so far, but they’re well within shouting distance, although it feels like they should be getting blown out.

10:07 – The first half comes to an end with the score Oklahoma City 53, Golden State 48. Kevin Durant leads OKC with 16 points, but he’s shooting just 6-19. Serge Ibaka has 12 points, and Russell Westbrook has 11 points and 7 assists. Klay Thompson’s been keeping the Warriors in the game with 16 points, and they’ve needed every one of them. It’s a minor miracle that this is just a five point game with how well the Thunder have been looking, and how out of whack the Warriors have been. It’s been fun to watch, and it’ll be interesting to see how these teams come out of halftime.

10:13 – It’s time for Today in NBA Playoff History, brought to you by Basketball-Reference!

Back on May 28, 1989, Magic Johnson distributed 20 assists in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, as the Lakers finished off a sweep of the Suns with a 122-117 victory. Magic did a little bit of everything that day, adding 21 points and 6 rebounds to go along with those 20 dimes. Byron Scott led the Lakers with 35 points, no doubt a recipient of many of Magic’s assists. James Worthy added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Tom Chambers submitted a valiant effort for the Suns, springing for 41 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Kevin Johnson added 22 points and 10 assists, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Lakers from making their eighth Finals of the decade, where they’d go on to lose to the Detroit Pistons.

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10:25 – Klay Thompson hits a three to lead off the third quarter, and he’s got 19 points, and we’ve got a two point game with the Warriors trailing, 53-51.

10:26 – Thompson hits another three! It puts the Warriors on top, 54-53.

10:27 – Russell Westbrook gets to the bucket for a layup, and the Thunder retake the lead at 55-54. After Klay Thompson misses an easy layup, Andre Roberson gets an easy layup to put the Thunder up, 57-54, but it’s not long before Draymond Green makes it a one point game again with a steal and a layup, and the Warriors trail, 57-56. I’m going to be doing a lot of typing, aren’t I?

10:28 – We have a time out in between a pair of Andre Iguodala free throws. After hitting the first one, it’s Oklahoma City 57, Golden State 57 with 9:56 left in the third quarter.

10:31 – Back from the time out, Iguodala misses the second free throw, and we remain tied at 57.

10:32 – Steph Curry throws a pass the length of the court to Draymond Green for a dunk! Kevin Durant answers right back with a jumper, and we’re tied at 59.

10:33 – Russell Westbrook can’t convert on a layup, but he grabs his own miss and puts it in, giving the Thunder a 61-59 lead.

10:34 – Steph Curry nails a three, and the Warriors go up, 62-61, but Kevin Durant hits a floater on the other end, and the Thunder go up, 63-62.

10:35 – A pair of Russell Westbrook free throws extends the Thunder lead to 65-62.

10:36 – Steven Adams shows off his fancy footwork in the paint, and spins his way to a hoop, and he’s fouled! He’s good on the free throw, and the Thunder have a 68-62 advantage.

10:42 – Steph Curry hits a three, and it’s a one possession game again with the Warriors behind, 71-69.

10:43 – Kevin Durant answers right back with a three of his own, his first of the game! It puts the Thunder up, 74-69.

10:44 – We’ve got a time out with the score still Oklahoma City 74, Golden State 69 with 4:11 left in the third quarter. OKC’s Andre Roberson just got hit with his fifth foul, which is unfortunate for the Thunder, as he’s been a key contributor on defense, and he’s chipped in a bit on the offensive end as well. He’ll most likely remain on the bench for awhile as he’s one foul away from getting the boot.

10:47 – Steph Curry hits a jumper along the baseline, and the Warriors continue to keep it close, down 74-71.

10:48 – Curry gets an easy layup after Anthony Morrow, into the game for Andre Roberson, has proved to be an atrocious defender. Curry’s got 21 points so far, including 12 here in the third quarter, and the Warriors trail, 74-73.

10:49 – After Russell Westbrook gets a friendly bounce from the rim, plus a foul, he hits a free throw to put the Thunder up four at 77-73.

10:50 – A pair of Curry free throws makes it a two point game with the Warriors down, 77-75. He’s scored the last 11 points for Golden State.

10:51 – After Kevin Durant goes 1-2 from the line, the Thunder’s lead is up to 78-75.

10:53 – Serge Ibaka is the latest Thunder player to go 1-2 from the line, and it puts them up 79-75. On the ensuing Warriors possession, OKC intentionally fouls lousy free throw shooter Andrew Bogut. He cooperates and misses both free throws.

10:54 – Enes Kanter hits a jumper, and it leads to a Warriors time out with the score Oklahoma City 81, Golden State 75 with 1:54 left in the third quarter. We’ve got dueling triple-double attempts between Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry. Westbrook’s got 20 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists, while Curry’s gone for 23 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists so far.

10:58 – The third quarter comes to an end with a 9-2 run from the Thunder. It makes the score Oklahoma City 83, Golden State 75. Well, this is it. The Thunder are twelve minutes away from going to the Finals after defeating a 67 & 73 win teams in consecutive series, while the Warriors will do all they can to come back and force a Game 7. You can’t ask much more from an NBA Playoff game than this.

11:02 – Klay Thompson knocks down a three for the first points of the fourth quarter. It cuts the OKC lead down to 83-78.

11:08 – Klay Thompson hits his ninth three pointer of the night! It ties the NBA record for threes in a Playoff game, and more importantly makes the score Oklahoma City 89, Golden State 84 with 8:28 remaining. Klay’s got 31 points tonight, and has shot 9-15 from three point land.

11:11 – Oh man, Marv Albert just described the last Thompson three as one of the most incredible he’s ever seen. I can think of no higher compliment.

11:16 – We have a time out after Draymond Green commits his fifth foul. Obviously, it’d be a disaster for the Warriors if he fouled out, especially since the score’s Oklahoma City 93, Golden State 87 with 5:48 left in the game.

11:20 – We’re back from time out and Green remains in the game. Andre Roberson, also with five fouls, is back in the game for OKC as we head down the final stretch of this fantastic basketball match.

11:21 – Klay Thompson knocks down a long three, and he’s set a new NBA Playoff record with 10 threes on the night! It cuts OKC’s lead down to 96-92.

11:22 – We have a time out with the score Oklahoma City 97, Golden State 92 with 4:32 remaining. Both teams are just beating the hell out of each other out there, and it’s been really great to watch. No matter if it’s tonight, or on Monday, I’m going to be sad to see this series come to an end.

11:26 – WIth a chance to make this a one possession game from the free throw line, Draymond Green misses his first free throw, but hits the second one, and the Warriors trail, 97-93.

11:27 – Steph Curry drains a deep three, and it’s a one point game! The Warriors just won’t go away, and they trail, 97-96.

11:28 – Russell Westbrook knocks down a pair of free throws, and the Thunder extend their lead to 99-96.

11:29 – Steph Curry knocks down another three!! It leads to a time out with the score Oklahoma City 99, Golden State 99 with 2:47 left in the ball game!

11:32 – Andre Roberson sneaks in for an offensive rebound after a Kevin Durant miss, and lays it in! Andre Iguodala comes right back with his own layup, and we’re tied at 101 as we go under two minutes to go.

11:33 – Iguodala steals the ball, and gets it up to Klay Thompson, who hits his 11th three! The Warriors take a 104-101 lead!

11:36 – Klay Thompson misses a three, Kevin Durant grabs the rebound, but it’s knocked away and right back into the hands of the Warriors! Steph Curry lets the time tick off the clock, then goes to the hoop and banks in a runner! It leads to a Thunder time out with the score Golden State 106, Oklahoma City 101 with just 14.3 seconds left.

11:39 – Russell Westbrook’s inbound pass….is stolen by Steph Curry! He’s fouled, then Klay Thompson is fouled, because the Thunder had a foul to give, and he hits both free throws to make the score Golden State 108, Oklahoma City 101 with 8.8 seconds remaining.

11:41 – The Thunder inbound the ball…and cough it up once again! Steph Curry grabs it and just runs out the remaining 8.8 seconds, and this one is over with a final score of Golden State 108, Oklahoma City 101.

Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 41 points, and a Playoff record setting 11 three pointers. Steph Curry had 29 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and some big plays down the stretch. That’s why he’s the goddamned unanimous MVP. Draymond Green chipped in with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Kevin Durant had 29 points and 7 rebounds for OKC, but he shot just 10-31. Russell Westbrook sprung for 28 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists.

What a performance from the Warriors. They were staring the end of their season right in the face, and they pulled out a win, getting big plays from their best players. This is what everyone talks about when they talk about the heart of a champion. Golden State reached an extra level when they needed to the most, and they’ll be heading back to Oakland to host Game 7.

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As for the Thunder, they suffered a pretty horrible collapse. While the Warriors closed the gap late in the fourth, you could see the Thunder tighten up, and it cost them the game. They won Game 1 out in Oakland, but I’m not sure how they can win a Game 7 there after a disheartening defeat like this. That being said, this series has proved that it’s capable of anything, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we can’t wait for that game on Monday night.

Speaking of Game 7, it’s got a tough act to follow. This was one of the best basketball games I’ve seen in my time. Not to get all cliched and whatnot, but games like this is why I love this game so goddamned much, and why I’m inflicting this insufferable blog on everyone. So, with that in mind, enjoy the rest of your long weekend, reflect on and remember those who served on Memorial Day, and we’ll see you on Tuesday after Game 7.

Author: tomeagher

Watching too much basketball.

3 thoughts on “NBA Playoffs – Day 42”

  1. Saludos Tengo 34 años y estoy trabajando el inglés desde hace 9 años.
    El post lo he encontrado increíble para aprender idioma inglés.
    Me ha sido muy eficaz. Lo voy a incorporar a mis favoritos.
    Le doy las gracias por el comentario.

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